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hypochristians

I used to work with a funny, friendly non-Christian who referred to church-goers as hypochristians (hypocrites who masquerade as Christians) According to my friend, “They call themselves Christians. They show up at church on Sunday morning acting all holier than thou after being out at the bars and nightclubs living it up on Saturday night.”

According to my friend, hypochristians talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

For instance Bob says, “Syd is such a humble guy. Then Bob says to Fred, “Have you talked to Syd lately? All he talks about is teaching his Sunday school class and his job and how many sales awards he’s won.”

I might shock you here, but I agree with my friend to an extent. I believe the church has a bunch of hypocrites.

Jesus hated hypocrisy. He took the Pharisees and the church leaders to the woodshed over their pretense and hypocrisy. He had a special name for what he called that brood of vipers. He called them “whitewashed tombs” because all they were cared about or taught was how they looked on the outside. You get the imagery? They are clean and white and sparkly on the outside and dead and rotten and sinful on the inside. 

The word hypocrite comes from the same Latin root for “actor”–someone who would put on a mask in a play and pretend or act like another character.

“You get the imagery? They are clean and white and sparkly on the outside and dead and rotten on the inside. 

We’ll discover how to deal with hypocrasy and overcome it in an upcoming post.In the meantime ponder your answer to the question above.

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